Although men’s fashion seems very difficult with all the options out there, it really isn’t. You just have to start with some must-haves pieces and then build your wardrobe slowly from thereon. Here we have listed some of the Must-Haves for Men’s Fashion. You can start from here and even stick to this for years and still can bring your A-game out.
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1. Basic Black and White Tees
If you want to start building a wardrobe, a solid white and black tees are what you want to start with. You can never go wrong with black and white tees. The versatility you get with the basic white and black tees is amazing. You can even have a black and white-colored t-shirt for the rest of your life and still could bring your A-game out.
2. Denim and Leather Jackets
Layering your outfit with jackets has been popular in Men’s Fashion world with the versatility and a new feel it adds to your outfits. Also, especially with Denim or Leather Jacket, the versatility that it offers is more than you can imagine. Both jackets have their place in the wardrobe. You could opt for a denim jacket for a more casual look and mostly during the day and a leather jacket could be suited for a more dapper look and also could be a magnificent piece for your date night.
3. Polo T-shirt
Many people might be skeptical about polo shirt, but it is also a must-have fashion piece for men. Polo would be a perfect fit for you if you feel buttons downs could be more formal. It could be suitable for any event from casual to golf and even for somewhere with a semi-formal dress code. To add a hint of class in your wardrobe, a polo T-shirt is a perfect pick.
4. Check Shirt
You can just live off t-shirts, there needs to be some variation in your style or fashion sense. You can have a great style with just a T-shirt but to avoid a monotonous outfit; you need at least one check shirt too. Don’t go too over the board with the check pattern, choose something simple and subtle.
5. White Button Downs
You also need to get covered for a formal occasion. With white button-downs, you can wear it to events like marriage or other formal events and even for your college presentation. White button-downs also provide great versatility in the semi-formal/business casual and formal segment.
6. Blue and Black Jeans
Jeans are a staple in any wardrobe, regardless of gender. Black and blue denim is a must for every wardrobe. Jeans will be versatile enough to compliment your every outfit except in the formal events. At least have 2 pairs of jeans with black and blue colored each to keep the variety going in our outfits. You could wear jeans in any casual outfit you could ever think of.
7. Chinos (Cotton Pants)
Cotton Pants also knew as Chinos are also a must-have for any men’s wardrobe. During the hot days, jeans can be too heavy for you to wear and that’s where Chinos come in place. You can wear chinos with casual and even semi-formal outfits. Chinos will add in more color into your outfit which might make it feel more alive.
8. A Blazer Jacket
You can’t always wear Suit Jackets whenever you feel like. Some events are formal some might be semi-formal or business casual. A blazer will be necessary when you want to look a tad bit formal in some places. Blazers being a versatile piece, you can pair it up with anything including button-downs, Jeans, Chinos, Polo T-shirts, and even your basic T-shirts.
9. Tailored Charcoal Black Suit
So, you have got your casual and semi-formal outfit covered. But you can wear casual or semi-formal outfits and end up everywhere. Some events and occasions are meant for you to suit up, be a gentleman, and then leave for the event. So, if you’re new to suits, you can never go with a charcoal-black suit. Or if you already have a Charcoal-black suit, then opt for a navy blue suit.
10. National Dress (Daura Suruwal)
We are probably the luckier ones with having a national dress that speaks fashion. People might tell Daura Suruwal is for old guys it’s not trendy or fashionable. But if you bang the basics with a good blazer and well-fitted Daura Suruwal, then you will be at the top of the game. Wearing a belt made for Daura also could be done, it will pop up the outfit even more. Overall, you have two options for formal events between Daura Suruwal and Suit. Wear suits in business events and in other formal occasions switch between a Suit and Daura Suruwal frequently.
1. Basic White Sneakers
When it comes to shoes, you can never go wrong with white sneakers. The simple, minimalistic white sneaker will fit almost every outfit you own, obviously with some exceptions. You can even dress down and wear white sneakers with a suit to ‘not so formal events’. A basic white sneaker is definitely a piece that needs to be in your wardrobe.
2. Black Oxford Shoes
Okay, you have a suit, but for shoes, you don’t know what’s the best fit for your suit. For Formal events, black oxford shoes would be perfect to compliment your outfit. You could also opt for a brown oxford suit, but black would color coordinate with your black suit. With the versatility of black oxford shoe offers, it would be easier to coordinate with other outfits. So, after having a black pair, you could build your wardrobe by adding another brown pair.
Loafers are a unique choice of shoes, especially for the summer. It could compliment mostly all your ‘dapper’ outfits. From floral shirt and shorts to even a suit, the versatility loafer offers is huge. You could go to a beach or relaxing time by the riverside in a loafer with shorts and a beach shirt. And even to a business meeting or a date night in loafer with semi-formal and formal outfits.
We might all have seen people in boots and thought of how ‘masculine’ the guy looks. The credit goes to his outfit and to the boots too. So, a pair of boot is what you need to get covered through the cold season. The boots are versatile in the cold too, you could wear with a casual outfit too, or step up a notch and wear it with a trench coat or overcoats.
5. Sports Shoes
Talking about sports shoes, they aren’t the best piece of fashion out there, but you definitely need a pair. Sometime you might just be wanting something super comfortable. In that scenario, Sports shoes will be a fit for you. Strictly stick with just casual wear with sports shoes.
Talking about accessories, sunglasses fall on the top of the list. Sunglasses really enhances your facial structure. But be careful with the shape of the sunglass you choose, it should complement your facial structure. A wrong shaped glass could make your face look more round, so be careful about that.
Watches are something you definitely don’t want to miss out on. Not only looks, but it also serves a great functionality. You might think my smartphone is enough to tell time, so what’s really the use. Watches make you look more punctual and not only that, a perfectly fitted rolled-up shirt and a watch will enhance your forearms to a whole new level.
Bags too serve functionality and are something many people use. But be careful while choosing a bag. You don’t want to be carrying a trekking bag for your daily use. Get a bag that fits your needs and get a subtle minimalistic bag, that’s what will make you stand away from the crowd.
Chains are difficult to co-ordinate and not all people like to wear chains too. But if co-ordinated properly, chains will make you look good too. Don’t go overboard with a lot of chains. Wear something simple and small.
Same for bracelets, don’t go overboard with heavy bracelets or a ton of bracelets. Pick one that is something simple and minimalistic. Bracelets also serve the same purpose as the watches of making your forearms look huge. Bracelets are a great fashion piece for your casual outfits.
Other Basic Things to Consider
A hairstyle is very important for someone looking forwards to establish a bold style statement. You don’t have to get a 1000 buck haircut or hire a hairstylist. You could look good with any hairstyle if you find a hairstyle that suits you and stick to that. Also, have a hair that you could handle, even a bald head will look good if it fits you.
2. Clean Skin
You don’t need a skin that glows in the dark, you just need to take minimal care of your skin. Make sure you wash and moisturize your face twice every day. Exfoliate your face too, to keep dead cells off your skin. Also, cold water will be better for your skin as hot water strips natural oils off your skin which leads to dry skin.
Nails can be a major turn off, even if you have brought the A-game with your outfit. Nails aren’t even that hard to maintain. Just trim it frequently and keep it clean.
You don’t have to hit the gym and get super buff like the bodybuilders out there to look good. Just working out often is good. Maintain a healthy physique and wear clothes that fit your physique. But having a decent physique is always a plus.
5. Clean outfit and shoes
Does not matter how good or expensive clothing you’re wearing or how well built your physique is if your clothes and shoes look dirty, it all going down in the drain. Always keep your clothes and shoes clean. But don’t overwash your clothes, it might decolor or the fabric might weaken over time. And quick hack for your clothes and shoes, if it stinks but has no stains on it, you can always leave in the refrigerator overnight. This will kill the odor and make it smelling fresh.
Its always better to have a signature smell and smell fresh. You also don’t want to overdo on the perfume and deodorant. A strong heave smell could throw people off. So get a minimalistic perfume that you think suits you and then apply gently before you head out. Make sure to spend a few extra bucks on a perfume that lasts longer than to apply it every 2 hours.
So, you might be wondering what’s the use of all this effort, Can I wear whatever I like? Yes, you can but being in fashion always has a plus. Saying that you don’t have to wear clothes that don’t make you feel comfortable. Choose a style for yourself and then you could stick to that. Being in a fashion not only makes you look good but it also makes you feel more confident. It will make people perceive you as smart and well maintained. And while making first impressions that’s what you need. So that being said, hope this will help you stay in fashion and will enhance your confidence.